Capacitivo: Contact-based Object Recognition on Interactive Fabrics Using Capacitive Sensing

Check out this video showcasing Capacitivo.

What if your tablecloth could recognize what is on the table and provide you with useful information? You’re running out of the house and your tablecloth, of all things, reminds you to take your sunglasses. When you come home, your tablecloth detects whether the plant on it needs to be watered and then later updates your diet tracking app when you pour yourself a glass of apple cider. This could be the future of Capacitivo.

Check out this video showcasing Capacitivo. Unlike prior work that has focused on metallic object recognition, our technique recognizes non-metallic objects such as food, different types of fruits, liquids, and other types of objects that are often found around a home or in a workplace. 

Te-Yen Wu,  Lu Tan,  Yuji Zhang,  Teddy Seyed,  Xing-Dong Yang. Capacitivo: Contact-based Object Recognition on Interactive Fabrics Using Capacitive Sensing. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST). Oct. 2020,  pp. 649–661. DOI: 10.1145/3379337.3415829

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Auracle overview (video)

David Kotz recently presented an invited webinar lecture that provides an overview of the Auracle and results of some of our experiments in validating Auracle.

David Kotz recently presented an invited webinar lecture in the Mobile Data to Knowledge (MD2K) program.  The second half of that lecture (starting at 23:29) provides an overview of the Auracle and results of some of our experiments in validating Auracle.  (The first half describes the Amulet project – also worth checking out!)

Auracle team retreat

A large subset of the Auracle team gathered in Hanover for a very productive full-day retreat, mapping out the coming year’s research agenda and making plans for new prototypes and papers.  Great to have everyone (almost everyone) in one place!

Auracle team (partial) in October 2017.
Most of the Auracle team; L to R: David Kotz, Blake Thrower, Byron Lowens, Josie Nordrum, Liam Feeney, Kofi Odame, Nicole Tobias, Ron Peterson, Shengjie Bi, Jacob Sorber, Peter Wang, Ryan Halter. Absent: Kelly Caine, Jung Gong, Robert Halvorsen, XD Yang.